How to make the most of your mornings

Mornings are when the magic begins

Rise and shine! Or do you? Waking from a good night’s sleep may seem like enough to set your day straight but if you’re depending on the Z’s to get you through, you may end up flat on energy and inspiration as the day goes on.

 

Increase your motivation and efficiency by including a few essentials to your morning. Did you know that the most highly successful people abide by a healthy morning ritual? Their ritual etches a path to a better day. Even Benjamin Franklin wrote in his 1791 autobiograhy that he must “rise, wash, and address Powerful Goodness [God].”

 

What is your current routine and how might this habit be unfavorable? For example, are you opening your eyes and grabbing your iPhone to check emails and swipe through social feeds? While this may make you feel on top of things, it might also incite a bit of stress and urgency to your day causing you to skip healthy morning practices.

 

Improve your health, happiness and productivity by adding at least one of these rituals every morning. Consistency is key. At first, it may be difficult to carve out the time or to even remember to do the action item, but as the habits form, you will find your day isn’t complete without a few minutes of morning devotion.

 

1. Don’t hit snooze. Those 10 extra minutes are quite impactful; you can do a lot that in that amount of time. In fact, according to Entrepreneur.com, in seven minutes you can even get in an effective workout. “It's short enough that it won't impact the rest of your morning routine and long enough to shake off any residual sluggishness from the night before -- including that extra glass of wine.” 

2. Meditate. Whether you know how or not isn’t imperative. It’s the practice of breathing and sitting still that sets the mind up with clarity and focus. Try this exercise: Sit in a chair or on the floor (avoid the bed as you might fall back to sleep) and inhale deep for 7 seconds, hold it for 2 seconds, and breathe out for 7 seconds, hold at the bottom for 2. Repeat. Deep breathing is the best way to alkalinize your body for better immunity, calmness and energy.

Image via Cosmuse // Photography by Britt Chudleigh 

 

3. Exercise. There are a couple reasons why moving your body in the morning is essential: it releases feel good chemicals in the brain so you will be happier; it shakes off any lethargy left from sleep; and it completes one less thing you have to do when work is over and all you want is to rest. Try a brisk walk or yoga.

4. Good sips. First things first, before you eat or grab your coffee, drink one of these concoctions:

    • Sipping on warm lemon or lime water revs up your metabolism and balances your pH for better health and increased energy.

    Image via Cosmomuse // Photography by Peter Chudleigh
    • Make a green smoothie to get an intense dose of vitamins and minerals. After a long sleep, the body will be in extra need of leafy greens and hydration. We love to blend spinach, coconut oil, frozen berries and almond milk for a frothy frozen drink.
    5. Write down your wins. This can be a must-do list that acts as a literal and metaphorical note to the brain of what you intend to accomplish – intention creates action. Make sure the tasks are achievable for that day. Writing down your wins, can also include a gratitude list. After all, what better way to remind yourself that you’re winning than to acknowledge everything (or at least 3 things) you are thankful for.

     

    If you want success in career, health, and relationships but feel stuck or lack focus, we challenge you to be better in the mornings. It is a practice of self-care that ups your value to yourself, others and your work. If you’re looking for a night-time read that will motivate you to take charge of the morning light, check out Hal Elrod’s book The Morning Miracle.

     

     



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